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Obituaries

 

Cindy Steele Kent, 46, died suddenly Nov. 28.

Kent assisted her husband Bill – pastor of Pitts Baptist Church – in addition to operating a Facebook ministry and teaching a children’s Sunday School class. The Keats also served at Second Baptist in Jackson and Penia Baptist near Cordele.

She is survived by her husband; son Allen, 19; daughter Sarah, 16; parents Kerry and Joyce Steele of Winterville; brother Scott Steele, of Hiram; and sisters Penny Morris of Arnoldsville and Joy Maddox of Social Circle.

 

Former Georgia Baptist pastor Cecil Johnson died Nov. 3. He was 89.

Born on Nov. 4, 1920 in Oilton, Okla., Johnson graduated from Southwestern Seminary before he and his wife, Dot, were appointed by the Foreign Mission Board to serve at the Mexican Baptist Seminary in Torreon, Coahuila.

Upon returning to the States, Johnson would pastor churches in Texas before serving at First Baptist Chatsworth, Jekyll Island Baptist Church and in Cedartown. He also wrote Sunday School lessons for The Christian Index and served on the GBC Executive Committee. In retirement he was a member and Bible Study leader at First Baptist Dalton.

Preceded in death by his son Bain, brothers Robert and Darrel, and sister Eithel Hibbs, he is survived by his wife; daughters Susan Taylor, of Ringgold, and Jeanne Varnell, of Savannah; sisters Wilda Wadle, of Odessa, Texas, and Wilma Shepherd, of Katy, Texas; 12 grandchildren and two great grandchildren.

 

Longtime Georgia Baptist minister Jack Sosby died Dec. 2. He was 82.

Sosby’s 50-year ministry began in his early 30s after working as an electrician. Churches he would pastor include Harmony Hall Baptist in Gainesville and Pine View Baptist Church in Augusta. In retirement he was interim associate pastor at Ebenezer Baptist in Toccoa. Sosby was a member of Level Grove Baptist Church in Cornelia.

Preceded in death by his son, Roger Dale Sosby, he is survived by his wife, Evelyn Whitworth Sosby of Cornelia, sisters Ruth Culpepper and Joyce English, both of Toccoa, and two grandsons.

 

Sue Spencer died after an extended illness Dec. 8. She was 72.

A native of Memphis, Tenn., she served alongside her husband, Southern Baptist pastor Jerry Spencer, throughout their 50-year marriage.

Alongside her husband, survivors include sons Van Spencer, of Mount Holly, N.C., and Dan Spencer, of Thomasville; daughters Jan Hooper, of Brownsville, Tenn., and Dolly Shirley, of Anderson, S.C.; brother W.H. Walker, III and sister Janette Pate, both of Brownsville, Tenn.; 15 grandchildren and one great grandchild. Dan Spencer serves as pastor of First Baptist Thomasville and is the current Georgia Baptist Convention president.